Have you ever been labeled? Tagged by some event in your life or name that someone called you? I don’t really like the word labeled so I say tagged, but did you know Jesus was tagged too? He was called a glutton and a drunkard; he was also tagged with great things like servant, King, healer, Jehovah, Teacher, and Son. Today I want you to think about all your tagged labels, but make sure you think about the good ones too. Search your heart for what God has tagged you as maybe teacher, disciple, friend, princess, prayer warrior, prophet, mother, it could be a number of things.
For the purpose of example and transparency I will write to you today about my own tags. How they were transformed by God. Today I am tagged as wife, leader, teacher, director, mother, prayer warrior, lover of God’s word, faithful, righteous, bold, blameless servant but that wasn’t always the tags I claimed. I have also been tagged an addict, worthless child, liar, useless, manipulative, materialistic, bipolar, and sinful. I am not proud of those tags some were true some weren’t but for every hurtful label the world has put on me God has replaced it with his promises. I know he can do the same for you.
How did it start, the shift of changing my tag from what the world says to what God says?
It started with service. It started with me making the decision to serve God with all that I have not because I am good but because HE is good. Making the decision to give him my heart not because it was pure but because HE is pure. Really I was afraid not to, when I understood who God is and how mighty he is I felt I had no choice. That was the beginning of knowledge for me. Statistics show it takes about 7.2 times of someone coming to Christ before they actually accept him as Lord. That was me, for just about every tag I had to hear the gospel. Then one day it was mine and I owned it all of it; I am still a mess most days but I am not the same mess that I used to better. It isn’t all good but it is better than it was and I do believe that my best days are yet to come. I believe that for you too.
You can own it too. All the bad and all the good and yet none of it defines you. Who defines you is God the one who created you. Stand firm on that no matter what comes your way, no matter what you have done in Christ all things become new. Let go of your imperfections, of the label/tag of being a Christian and just focus on your relationship with Jesus. Everything else will fall into place.
May you be blessed and encouraged.
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